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Transcript of doorstop: Canberra: 12 September 2018: Peter Dutton and the National Integrity Commission; PM's Tasmania comments



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THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

DOORSTOP INTERVIEW

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA

WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018

SUBJECTS: Peter Dutton and the National Integrity Commission; PM’s

Tasmania comments

MARK DREYFUS, SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL: The Peter Dutton “jobs for

mates” scandal is an excellent example of why it is that so many Australians have

lost trust in the political system. And it’s another example of why Australia needs a

National Integrity Commission now. It’s an extraordinary thing that Labor has

offered to cooperate with the government for many months now in setting up a

National Integrity Commission. It would be vastly preferable if a National Integrity

Commission was established on a bipartisan basis. It was possible, it seemed that

Mr Turnbull might entertain it. The Attorney-General Christian Porter regrettably

has now ruled it out, but Mr Morrison is a new Prime Minister and he can make a

fresh start on this. And I think it’s time that Mr Morrison as the new Prime Minister

shows some leadership and works with Labor to establish a National Integrity

Commission. It’s extraordinary that instead of even considering this kind of integrity

issue, Mr Morrison is actually running a protection racket for Peter Dutton. There’s

so much now that’s on the public record, particularly his scandalous involvement in

making sure that two of his mates have ended up with high-paid government jobs.

That instead Mr Morrison is apparently standing with Mr Dutton. He doesn’t dare

do otherwise. He’s protecting and standing by while Mr Dutton doesn’t give straight

answers to straight questions. It doesn’t explain what he’s done in relation to

ministerial interventions, he hasn’t explained what exactly his role was in ensuring

that two of his mates ended up with highly-paid government jobs.

JOURNALIST: Should Dutton apologise for his ‘sexual grooming’ slur that he

made in Parliament yesterday?

DREYFUS: Of course he should. That was an extraordinary bit of behaviour, an

atrocious bit of behaviour from a senior minister. What we’re looking for from

senior ministers in the Australian Parliament, in the Australian government, is

straight answers to straight questions. His job is to actually explain the way in

which he is going about doing his ministerial duty, not to lash out that anyone dare

criticises the great Peter Dutton. What’s happened here is a whole range of

material is now on the public record. Questions are being asked of Mr Dutton. He

apparently doesn’t like it, he can’t bear being asked questions, so instead of giving

the straight answers that are required, he is lashing out all around him. Including

behaving very badly in the Parliament yesterday.

JOURNALIST: And how concerning are reports that the Prime Minister called the

Tasmanian Treasurer an “F*ing mendicant”?

DREYFUS: I think we’re looking for a higher standard of behaviour from the Prime

Minister. But that’s perhaps the tone we will have to expect from the Morrison

government, the Muppet Show that is the Morrison government. And again I’m

quoting the Prime Minister there, just like you were. Thanks very much.

ENDS

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